Parliament’s annual twomonth-long summer recess could not have come soon enough for Brian Mulroney. For days, newspapers across the country had featured stories about the Prime Minister’s extravagant spending habits on foreign trips—including $l,200-a-night hotel suites in New York City.
The announcement was a longawaited sign of hope amid a climate of despair that was gathering over Canada’s offshore megaprojects. Last week in St. John’s, the seven members of the joint Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board said that they had approved a detailed plan by Mobil Oil Canada Ltd. and its four partners to develop the 500-million barrel Hibernia oilfield lying 314 km southeast of the provincial capital.
The cast of contenders spans the political spectrum: four current and two former Social Credit cabinet ministers, two backbench MLAs, two former aides to retiring Premier William Bennett, one Progressive Conservative MP—and even one Liberal mayor, Saanich’s Mel Couvelier.
Achieving productive, healthy old age is one of man’s cherished dreams. But even the impressive medical advances of the past century have failed to provide the ultimate scientific objective, and a cure for aging remains elusive. Still, it is a goal sought by increasing numbers of researchers in North America.By JOHN BARBER6 min
While I certainly appreciate the talent of all the artists included in your survey of Canadian comedy (“From gags to riches,” Cover, June 9), I find the attitude of Lorne Michaels and Ivan Reitman to be self-serving. They can now safely assert that the issue of staying in Canada is irrelevant (Michaels) or that Canadian nationalism is not to be taken seriously (Reitman).
Even before the Independence Day weekend, American flags were everywhere. They flew from banks, schools, fast-food restaurants, beside white frame houses and a red barn with “Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco” painted across its broadside. There was even one on the shirtsleeve of Dennis Baker’s blue policeman’s uniform.
In the geographical centre of Canada the rugged northern shield of rocks, forests and lakes melts into miles of achingly flat prairie. History seems somehow closer. In Manitoba and Saskatchewan, people still talk of grandparents “turning the first sod,” as if settlers, arriving along the partially completed railroad, some pushing farther west in oxcarts, arrived only yesterday instead of in the late 1800s.
When Mike Harcourt, the extrovert socialist who is mayor of Vancouver, was recently presiding over the official opening of the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden, he inadvertently blew the cover of British Columbia’s most secretive—and most interesting—philanthropist.By Peter C. Newman4 min
Like so many immigrants reaching America’s shores, she arrived in New York harbor unheralded and scorned. Emerging from the belly of the French naval frigate Isère, she was at first snubbed by the city’s bourgeosie and dismissed in a New York Times editorial as “useless.”By Marci McDonald6 min
Nothing grows under the banyan tree. That’s what they said in India when the great Nehru, their first prime minister, died and there was no one to replace him. On examination, it was found that all possible successors had withered under his shade.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
The solution was a routine one for any Western manager. But when Tokyo-based electronics manufacturer Sansui was faced with the problem of rising domestic costs and cutthroat competition from cheaper foreign rivals, it took an unprecedented step for a Japanese firm.By PETER MCGILL4 min
Grand opera crossed over to musical comedy this summer and landed in a Broadway version of sexy, glamor-drenched, 14th-century Baghdad. The Canadian Opera Company (COC) and the father-son team of Edwin and David Mirvish are staging a $2-million revival of the 1953 musical Kismet at the Mirvishes’ Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto.By PAMELA YOUNG6 min
When French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi took on the task of designing a monument to liberty that would be a gift to the American people on the centenary of their independence, he devised a curious sculptural hybrid. While he modelled the statue’s face along the lines of his mother’s, legend has it that Bartholdi’s mistress served as the model for the statue’s body.
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